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Makro-Planar T* 2/100

Backdrop mountain ranges blended with prayer flags create a rich overall composition. The Makro-Planar T* 2/100 fuses expansive landscapes with key foreground details.

Makro-Planar T* 2/100

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Makro-Planar T* 2/100

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Makro-Planar T* 2/100

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The Makro-Planar T* 2/100 is the fastest macro lens currently on the market and bridges the divide of distance to create breathtaking closeness. The lens creates interrelationships where distance used to be, and enables the photographer to design unique compositions. This high-speed macro lens is perfectly suited to long working distances, e.g. portraits. Its precise mechanical components with a long angle of focus rotation allow for accurate control, critical for close-focus macro photography.

Technical specifications:

Focal length 100 mm
Aperture range f/2.0 – f/22
Focusing range 0.44 m – ∞
Number of elements/groups 9/8
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 25°/21°/14°
Coverage at close range 72 x 48 mm

Image ratio at close

1 : 2
Filter thread M 67 x 0.75
Dimensions (with caps) ø 76 mm, length 113-115 mm
Weight 660 g - 680 g
Camera mounts F Mount (ZF.2)
EF Mount (ZE)

Makro-Planar T* 2/100


The famous symmetric lens design invented by Dr. Paul Rudolph at ZEISS in 1896. The Planar lens is the most successful camera lens design – and, by the way, the most plagiarized – ever created. It provides the lens designer with numerous means to correct aberrations extraordinarily well. And its performance is very constant over a wide range of imaging ratios, enabling such a versatile lens variety as the Makro-Planar lens.

Planar with 9 lens elements in 7 groups
Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion
"Floating Elements" design

Makro-Planar T* 2/100


Homogeneous image quality throughout the image field

ZEISS lenses are famous for their extraordinary image quality. Even with challenging subjects, perspective, color and light are optimally rendered – throughout the entire 35 mm image field. For this reason, we place great emphasis on particularly high image quality, e.g. low distortion and outstanding stray light reduction for rich colors.

Excellent image quality

The ZEISS range of T*® lenses offers the highest possible standards in terms of performance, reliability and, of course, image quality. Quite simply, they are superior in every way. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images, for example. And virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes – especially useful when photographing products and architecture. 

Precise manual focus

Manually focusing a lens means controlling the image result from your fingertips. A good ergonomic design makes all the difference. ZEISS lenses stand out with their large rotation angle which enables precise focusing. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder. The high-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without play, thus also supporting the intuitive interaction with the focal plane. The precise engraving in meter and feet, and the depth of focus scale provide additional support for manually focusing.

High-quality all metal mounts

Noticeable quality and high value stability qualify ZEISS lenses for decades of intense use. The high-quality craftsmanship of the all-metal mounts, the easy-to-grip metal focus and aperture ring and the robust front bayonet and filter threads ensure an amazing photographic experience.

Floating Elements Design

Today’s camera technologies and high-resolution sensors demand continuous improvement of lens performance. Thanks to the use of the latest floating element design principles, optical aberration effects in ZEISS lenses are reduced to a minimum throughout their entire focusing range. This is achieved by variation of the axial distance between individual lens elements or groups. This adjustment of the lens-to-lens distance is coupled to the distance setting to ensure correct compensation at all times. The mechanical construction of these lenses is extremely complex and they must be assembled with utmost precision – both of which are key competencies of ZEISS.

Makro-Planar T* 2/100

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News | 2015-02-18 16:18:44 |

Technology meets Fine Art

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Makro-Planar T* 2/100

Reviews & Awards


"In this era of plastic-barreled mass-produced lenses, the Zeiss ZF lenses stand out in sleekly-elegant fashion..."

"The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 is a quite interesting representative of its species - there are lots of 100mm macro lenses..."

"The Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro Planar with ARRI optics is a world-class must-have lens offering bitingly sharp images wide open..."


Fototest 2011
Issue 01, 2011 (German Magazine)

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Editors Choice Award 2008

Issue 06, 2011 (German Magazine)

Editors Choice 2011

Issue 01, 2011 (German Magazine)